Spike Laurie is a 6+ year esports veteran with experience building production and business infrastructure across three continents and driving large, multi million dollar revenue pipelines. During Spike’s time in esports he has worked at ESL building the UK and Latin American business, before moving to Los Angeles and leading their Publisher and Developer Relations team. Prior to ESL, Spike worked at Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, where he led the global esports strategy for Mortal Kombat X. Spike is currently Esports Venture Director at Hiro Capital.
Spike has advised and worked with some of the largest esports companies in the world on building, structuring and monetising their competitive games and esport ecosystems. This talk will dive into what developers should focus on to deliver compelling, competitive, fun and fair experiences for consumers that can go on to become successful esports. Through analysing the current landscape of titles we will explore key features and tools that are integral to your competitive games success. Finally, we will look at the costs and business models of running a competitive ecosystem, and tools you can integrate as a developer to drive funding for prize pools and leagues.
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Dr Mata Haggis-Burridge
Develop is a really great way to network, it’s also great for going to talks and finding that little tip that you didn’t know before and thinking – oh I’ll bring that back to the team!
By coming to Develop what you get is the opportunity to network like you can’t in any other situation. Everyone knows everyone and it’s such a wonderful community feel.
Develop is the must-attend event for the games industry in the UK. It’s where we all come together and learn from each other. It’s the best way into the industry and it’s the best place to learn from your colleagues.
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A lot of the opportunities that come from being here are speaking to other developers who are doing exactly the same thing as you. And there are some good parties – it’s very much a pleasurable work experience!
I absolutely love coming to Develop, it’s a brilliant, brilliant conference – you just know you’re guaranteed to meet everyone.
Jo Twist, OBE
There’s something creative about Brighton, so it’s the perfect place to have the conference.
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